Alvear is near Cordoba, in south central Spain. It is owned and operated by the Alvear family, a family that has been prominent in the region since the 17th century. The family has been making wine throughout its history. The primary grape in the Sierra de Montilla y Montes appellation is the Pedro Ximenez, a white grape thought to have originated in the Rhine River region. It is used for Alvear’s numerous Sherry and other dessert wines. Alvear also makes wines from grapes grown in vineyards elsewhere in Spain, including Ribera del Guadiana. From other regions the estate makes Tempranillo, and blends of Syrah and Garancha.